Monday, March 3, 2014

I'm in a magazine! well, my QUILT is....

I am excited to announce that one of my designs is in McCalls Quick Quilts newest issue! You might remember last spring when I teased everyone with clues to the Snake Dance Mystery quilt week by week. I think everyone was happy to see the final quilt and those that made it said it went together quickly because they had made the pieces between classes.

It was chosen to be in the magazine last June, so it seemed like a long time to wait for publication in March.It was finally time to send it off in November to be photographed and it arrived home last Tuesday, and with it an advance copy of the magazine! I was excited to see it in print! Here it is on their website (There was an editorial decision to change the name of the quilt to Twist and Shout).
I thought it would be fun to show off some of the finished quilts from the mystery class!You can see that it is pretty made out of a variety of fabrics, though using several values of a color and a dark for contrast is what gives this quilt its 3D look. I think the hardest part of making a mystery quilt is picking out the fabrics without knowing what you are making. I gave them a picture of my fabrics on the supply list so that they could see what I meant by using a 2 shades of a color in their quilt. They all did a great job picking out their fabrics!

Barb's golds and blues were stunning!
Kellie and her mom ended up switching a few rows between quilts, so if you look closely, you can see that some of the dark stripes running vertically are different in her quilt. Her mom, Lora's quilt is below. Even with different colors in the dark stripe, it still looks awesome!
Kerstin of Cookies Treasures lives in Germany but wanted to make the mystery quilt too, so I sent her the clues when I gave them out to the students. She loved playing along and is currently testing the pattern for my new mystery quilt, Against the Tide Mystery. She will be blogging about it soon as the 2nd group begins their mystery next Sat. She quilted this on her home machine.
Anne used solids and they just popped! She has since finished the quilting this,  but I couldn't find the picture!
Betty was the first to get her top completed. She used soft shades of blue which are not captured very well in this picture, unfortunately. But you can see the 3D effect well in her choice of colors.
Dianne used bright colors to make this festive top. You can see that some of the quilters made larger tops. When I taught it as a mystery they had the choice of making it lap or twin size.

Because I'm so excited about this publication, I'll be hosting a giveaway this week, more info tomorrow!

This issue should be out at your favorite quilt shop or store today or tomorrow, so take a look!  If you do  make it, please share pix with me! I always love to see what you've done with my patterns!


Julianne said...

Wow...way to go..

Shima Samad said...

You're so talented!!! I love your designs and colors!!

xoxo from Malaysia :)

Kerstin said...

way to go.
All the quilts look great. Its fun to see them with all the different fabrics.
I can attest to that, the pattern is very well written. Everything fittet to the T.
I had lots of fun doing this Quilt and I enjoy testing the pattern for the new mystery.
Now Im off to see if I can get a magazine.

Rosa said...

Congratulations,it`s great!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats! I understand why they changed the name. Snakes give me the creeps.

Susan said...

Well how awesome is that?! CONGRATULATIONS!

Betsy said...

Congratulations Jean!

Gill said...

I love all the snake dances!!